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Plant Collections Toolbox

Welcome to the Plant Collections Network!

The resources on this page are designed to help you make the most of your particiaption in the Network. 

For Plant Collections Network logos and Nationally Accredited Plant Collections™ logos, click here.

For any problems, contact Pam Allenstein at pallenstein@publicgardens.org.

ELEVATOR SPEECH

The Plant Collections Network is one of the most significant networks of cultivated living plant collections on Earth. The Network stewards diverse living collections at public gardens across North America to safeguard plants and share them with the world. Known for excellence and high curation standards, we use the collections for education, demonstration, and research. Through a collaborative community, the Network also mentors garden professionals and strengthens collections by coordinating efforts. Documented collections are maintained according to professional standards by trained curators. The Network, a program of the American Public Gardens Association in cooperation with the USDA- Agricultural Research Service, currently includes over 140 Nationally Accredited Plant Collections™ at 80 gardens across the country enabling us to support education, curation, and conservation.
Developed by Plant Collections Network Committee and staff at American Public Gardens Association, September 2018

GREAT COLLECTION PROFILES

Primula Collection at Jensen-Olson Arboretum

Sarracenia Collection at Atlanta Botanical Garden

Nymphaea Collection at Longwood Gardens

TIPS FOR TURNING UP YOUR COLLECTIONS PAGE

•    Keep the description concise and tailored to your collection’s special attributes
•    Make sure the stats and contact info is up to date
•    Include a great picture. Provide 5-8 great pics and we can create a slideshow!
•    New for 2018 – add a list of your collection holdings as a PDF

EXAMPLES OF NETWORK PRESENCE ON GARDEN WEBSITES

See how your fellow Network members recognize their Nationally Accredited Plant Collections™.

Atlanta Botanical Garden (Acer multisite, Gongora, Magnolia multisite, Sarracenia, Stanhopea)
- dedicated page to the Plant Collections Network
Chicago Botanic Garden (BaptisiaGeraniumQuercus multisiteSpiraea)
- listed under "National Collections"
Dawes Arboretum (Acer multisiteAesculusHamamelisMetasequoia)
- dedicated page to the Plant Collections Network
Rogerson Clematis Collection (Clematis)
- dedicated link in main navigation, accredidation page
Mendocino Coast Botanical Garden (Heath & Heather)
- accredited collections logo with links
Polly Hill Arboretum (Stewartia)
- accredited collections logo with links
Reiman Gardens (Rosa)
- dedicated page to the Plant Collections Network

EXAMPLES OF NETWORK PRESENCE BY MEMBER GARDENS

Window Decal Interpretive Signage Newsletter
 

Jensen-Olson
Arboretum

Atlanta Botanical Garden

 

NETWORK RESOURCES IN THE ASSOCIATION LIBRARY/MEDIA CENTER

Arnold Arboretum Plant Inventory Operations Manual 2010
This Manual serves several purposes. The initial and basic intention is as a means of documentation: to put into print for the first time the Arboretum’s meticulous procedures related to inventorying...
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11/4/15
Adkins Arboretum Natural Areas Management Plan 2011
Adkins Arboretum’s mission is to promote the appreciation and conservation of the native plants of the Delmarva Peninsula. The Arboretum’s diverse setting of woodlands, meadows, wetlands, streams,...
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11/4/15
Arnold Arboretum’s Landscape Management Plan
This edition (Spring 2011) of the Landscape Management Plan is the result of the continuing work of the Horticulture Department of the Arnold Arboretum. It is a detailed game plan that communicates...
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11/4/15
Fairchild Tropical Gardens Collection Policy 2009
The Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden collection policy is designed to guide the implementation of the institutional mission and goals through the development and maintenance of a world-class...
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11/4/15
Chicago Horticultural Society Collections Plan
The mission of the Chicago Horticultural Society is to stimulate and develop an appreciation and understanding of gardening, botany, and conservation by developing gardens, plant collections, and...
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11/4/15
Chicago Botanic Garden Herbarium Collection Policy
The Herbarium accessions voucher specimens from staff research, verified specimens from staff and collaborator collections, and appropriate gift or exchange specimens from other institutions from the...
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11/4/15
Montgomery Botanical Center Plant Collections Policy
This policy is to guide the development and management of the living collections at Montgomery Botanical Center (MBC). The policy provides direction for the acquisition of collections, conditions for...
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11/4/15
Toward a More Rational Approach to Plant Collections
This document contains an article titled Toward a More Rational Approach to Plant Collections by Dr. Richard W Lighty.
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11/4/15
The Morton Arboretums New Master Plan for Collections
This document contains a Public Garden article titled The Morton Arboretums New Master Plan for Collections by Kunso Kim and Marcus de la Fleur.
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11/4/15
APGA Native Plant Sections Survey Results, 2012
This document includes the Association's APGA Native Plant Sections Survey Results from 2012. 
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11/4/15

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